At Stoneridge Dental, we understand coming to the dentist probably doesn’t top your list of fun things to do. We also understand how important it is to see your Gilbert dentist regularly if you want to avoid more costly and painful dental problems down the road. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of dental anxiety that prevents them from seeking the care they need. Thankfully, we are happy to offer relaxing sedation options to help you get the care you need without the fear and anxiety. Relax, you’re in good hands with Dr. Saydyk and our team!
Sedation dentistry is a huge sigh of relief for patients who have anxiety or fear of dental work. You don’t have to suffer through every dental appointment with a racing heart and sweaty palms. For patients with more severe anxiety and debilitating fear, sedation gives them the courage they need to come in and receive care.
Sedation is not the same as general anesthesia. Whereas general anesthesia puts you to sleep or puts you under, sedation is designed to keep you generally awake and able to maintain proper breathing and heart function. While you may relax enough to fall asleep, you will be easily awakened and able to respond to the doctor. Sedation does produce some amnesic effects, so the details of your appointment will be fuzzy and your visit will be over before you can say “aah”.
There are many reasons you might consider sedation to help make your dental visits a bit easier for you, including:
We have a few light sedative options to suit your individual needs and help make your dental experience easier and more comfortable. We offer nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, which is inhaled through a small face mask at the beginning of your appointment. You will almost instantly start to feel more relaxed as your fears and concerns melt away.
We also offer oral conscious sedation, which is a prescription sedative Dr. Saydyk can prescribe that you take about an hour before your appointment. The effects of oral sedation will last longer than nitrous oxide, so you will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.
For more major treatments and surgeries, we will likely use a general anesthetic to put you to sleep and make sure you are comfortable and don’t feel a thing.